ARCHITECTURAL EXCURSIONS: design, culture and the built environment (Set 1)

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June 5, 2014 - June 26, 2014

6:15 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.

Instituto Cervantes, 22-24 City Rd, Sydney, NSW 2008 Australia

Photo credit: Habana (M. Casellas)

ARCHITECTURAL EXCURSIONS: a series on design, culture and the built environment

Architecture articulates our conscious and unconscious experiences as it binds both realms together through language. But not everything that pollutes nature is architectural or accesses the same poetic symbolism of architecture. In that sense, architecture is cultural, and the way we see (or decide to not see) is mediated by values that are culturally produced and disseminated.

Architectural excursions: a series on design, culture and the built environment makes the cultural dimension of architecture accessible to an audience that is curious about the role of design in everyday life but has not been formally trained in the technical intricacies of architecture or its allied disciplines. From the monumental domain of the city to the intimacies of interior design, this series analyses architectural representations and artefacts, both historical and contemporary. The main objective is to awaken our consciousness to the forms and compositions that negotiate our transit in this planet with the natural forces that bring life and death upon it.

The architectural excursions workshops will consist of three sets (June, August, October), 4 sessions each. Participants may wish to do all the three or just one or two separately.

Set 1. (June)

Dreaming the Hispanic City

This seminar addresses the multicultural dimension of the urban form, even amongst cities that share a common language (Spanish, in this case). It includes an introduction to the discipline of urbanism, providing tools for understanding both cartographic and symbolic representations of the city in relation to everyday experience of urban settings. The course is open to curious travellers, or anyone who enjoys adventuring into extraordinary urban destinies and the wide range of visual stimuli and complexities in man-made environments.

1 — "Introduction to the urban form: a fast-forward account of Egypt, Greece, Rome and the last millennium" (Thursday, June 5, 6:15-8:15pm)

2 — "Mediterranean Babel': Christian and Muslim city encounters” (Thursday, June 12, 6:15-8:15pm)

3 — "Renaissance cities of the Americas and their pre-Columbian past" (Thursday, June 19, 6:15-8:15pm)

4 — “Enlightenment and Modernity in the cities of the Spanish-speaking world” (Thursday, June 26, 6:15-8:15pm)

Tutor: Miguel Rodríguez-Casellas is an architect who writes and teaches. For fifteen years he was professor of Theory, History and Design at ARQPOLI, the School of Architecture at Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico, and was its dean from 2006 until 2010. His upcoming book, Drag Kings: a (counter) magisterial exercise, is a collection of essays addressing architecture, gender, politics and cultural criticism from the fluid margins of his native Puerto Rico. Recently, Casellas reconnected with the built form through Ordinal©, a design firm co-founded with partner Miguel Szendrey-Ramos.


Instituto Cervantes Sydney
9274 9200